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CLT & other structural products supplied by Welhaus's Welstructural Service

I wondered if it might provide a useful and appropriate as the NZ owned commercial importer, refitter, treater, pre-paneliser and installer of CLT, Sustainable SIP's, Closed Timber Frame Panels and Glulam, via our Welstructural Service, to get some feedback and ...
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21 May 17 08:45 PM - By welhaus
21 May '17 08:45 PM
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CLT Cross Laminated Timber panels by XLam

Hi, I was watching an old episode of Grand Designs the other day and saw a house built with cross laminated timber (CLT) panels that got me interested, then just read today about a house on Waiheke constructed using them. I ...
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21 May 17 05:20 PM - By welhaus
21 May '17 05:20 PM
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Natural Flow Systems, any experiences good or bad?

We are relocating a house onto a 5 acre section and need to get a septic system fitted. We want to be as sustainable as possible so definately don't want a powered system, and ideally want to our grey water ...
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21 May 17 10:13 AM - By Fuzzell
21 May '17 10:13 AM
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Situation for owner builder when using CodeMark building products which stipulate LBP installation?

Hi, I'm intending to build a sleep-out on my Wellington section which unfortunately needs to be building consented as will be within 1M of the neighbours boundary (but below shade-plane so no Resource consent). I'm looking at cladding materials and some ...
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18 May 17 08:57 AM - By Dys
18 May '17 08:57 AM
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Blowing Vermiculite into cavity to insulate

I built the house 30 years ago as a passive solar design, so it has 150 mm wall studs and rafters, originally insulated with R3.2 pink batts all around. The exterior is redwood board and batten or river stone, over ...
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16 May 17 07:05 PM - By WB
16 May '17 07:05 PM
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SIP & CLT - importing vs using NZ products

Hi all. I've started planning our first build. I'm learning a lot through my dad, who is an architect who has been building passive houses back home. However, he can't help me much with this one: does anyone here have ...
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09 May 17 06:37 PM - By tobias kraus
09 May '17 06:37 PM
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Double glazing on early 1900 house

Our house has minimal insulation, we're planning to renovate, but probably won't be taking off all the walls. I was told that it would be a costly exercise to insulate the walls, so what about double glazing windows on ...
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09 May 17 01:04 PM - By tobias kraus
09 May '17 01:04 PM
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Azzuro Solar Hot Water Systems

In March 2007 we had to replace our aging hot water cylinder and decided to take the opportunity to install a solar hot water system. After exploring the options, we followed the path to install an Azzuro system with ...
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08 May 17 06:44 PM - By BoyG
08 May '17 06:44 PM
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double glazing

Hi there I live in a Fraemohs (like lockwood) wooden interlocking house in the Christchurch Port Hills (so not as cold as most of CHCH in winter). Our 120m2 house has 6 ranch slider doors and a total of 8 external doors! ...
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07 May 17 11:19 PM - By tobias kraus
07 May '17 11:19 PM
By tobias kraus
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Heat transfer systems

Does anyone have any positive or negative experience of these? There are different systems out there and hard to know which one to choose.
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07 May 17 05:25 PM - By Martin DIYer
07 May '17 05:25 PM
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Tiny house,

Hi does anyone know of any builders that can build a tiny house and have option of paying it off?
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02 May 17 06:31 PM - By tobias kraus
02 May '17 06:31 PM
By tobias kraus
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Retrofit insulation to 30 yr old house

I built the house 30 years ago as a passive solar design, so it has 150 mm wall studs and rafters, originally insulated with R3.2 pink batts all around. The exterior is redwood board and batten or river stone, over ...
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01 May 17 09:03 AM - By aoraki
01 May '17 09:03 AM
By aoraki
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Consent for Cob House

Hi Folks, I'm looking for information on small owner built cob houses in NZ and any advice on the resource consent processes involved. It seems most of the projects I come across are done without permits as the consent process is ...
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30 Apr 17 08:28 AM - By Wayno
30 Apr '17 08:28 AM
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Heat recovery heat exchanger

Hello all, I have three HVAC heat exchangers I picked up from the ChCh Ecostore and intend to use them (probably only need one) in our house rebuild. The only trouble is that I cannot find any information on them as they ...
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28 Apr 17 03:41 PM - By AD80
28 Apr '17 03:41 PM
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Vacsol Azure - Treated Timber?

Hi. I am looking at building a home in North Taranaki. My fiancee and I want to build something that will be healthy for our children. Healthy materials are our top priority (followed by warmth and structural integrity) - however we do ...
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28 Apr 17 10:23 AM - By Alex_Fergus
28 Apr '17 10:23 AM
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How to build using shipping containers and avoiding building or planning consents?

Hello everyone, We live in Auckland and are keen to downsize and own a home mortgage-free. I want to buy 2 x 40ft shipping containers and get them welded together. I found a company called Addis that can do this for ...
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24 Apr 17 07:04 PM - By ssb
24 Apr '17 07:04 PM
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'Non-standard' construction and mortgages

No doubt this has been discussed elsewhere in the past, but I thought I'd have nothing to lose putting it out there anyway: I'd be really interested to hear other peoples' experiences/views regarding bank finance and eco builds. We've been looking ...
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20 Apr 17 07:02 PM - By Ecobarn
20 Apr '17 07:02 PM
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Marshall Water Heater

I've just got hold of a marshall solid fuel hot water heater. Anyone plumbed one of these in? There are a bunch of connections but no instructions. I called Marshall today, but no one about. Thanks Dave
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20 Apr 17 05:28 PM - By Madmax
20 Apr '17 05:28 PM
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Thermospan Panels from Metalcraft

I went to the home show and talked to a guy about Metalcraft Thermospan panels for my roof. From what I was told and have since read it seems like a good product to get a long span unsupported low pitch ...
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10 Apr 17 02:52 PM - By Leonard_s
10 Apr '17 02:52 PM
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Adding wooden fascia to existing weatherboard

Hello, I am not a builder but I would like to add wooden boards over existing weatherboard on my home. I have been told that you have to be a registered builder to install external weatherproof walls, however I just ...
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09 Apr 17 08:48 PM - By Johnjones
09 Apr '17 08:48 PM
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Heat transfer system

Can someone tell me how I would know if my heat transafer system is working. I moved in to my house in January and I've got the light burner on but unsure if its movin the heat through
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04 Apr 17 08:14 PM - By Jennyp
04 Apr '17 08:14 PM
By Jennyp
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Fixing Channel Drain, drainage/fall

I have a stainless steel shower channel drain which is 1.9m long, and 2cm deep with the waste outlet at one end. It seems to have been installed perfectly flat. The far end always has a pool of water in ...
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01 Apr 17 07:31 PM - By RainDr
01 Apr '17 07:31 PM
By RainDr
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Magroc, designs, costs

Hi We are looking a building new home with magroc external walls and roof. We have a house plan in mind as we've walked through a home with the layout. We don't want to spend a lot of money before getting ...
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01 Apr 17 04:08 PM - By Dean
01 Apr '17 04:08 PM
By Dean
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Air Sealing Renovation

We are Renovating an old timber weatherboard house on piles, we are relining all exterior walls and ceilings to add insulation and air tight layer with a cavity between studs and lining for services. If using Intello Plus air tight ...
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27 Mar 17 04:56 PM - By Mr Lucas
27 Mar '17 04:56 PM
By Mr Lucas
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Double glazing or ventilation system for reducing window condensation

Hi, I’m needing some help deciding what to upgrade first to resolve the issue of window condensation. I know this is a topic talked to death, but I’d like some advice all the same. I've already trolled through hundreds of posts... Issue: ...
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27 Mar 17 11:34 AM - By aoraki
27 Mar '17 11:34 AM
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